Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi - a reality TV legend of the Garden State - has now inspired a new state law

New Jersey lawmakers voted Thursday to cap speaking fees paid by state universities after the former star of MTV's "Jersey Shore" received $32,000 for an appearance at Rutgers University in 2011.

The bill from GOP Assemblyman John DiMaio sets a $10,000 limit for commencement and other speakers. It's unclear whether Gov. Chris Christie (R) will sign the bill. 

However, in a statement to NJ.com, Rutgers said state funds are typically not used to compensate speakers.

The school said it still plans to pay $35,000 to actor-musician Steven Van Zandt to speak at this year's commencement. 

The honorarium money comes out of the school's beverage contract with Coca-Cola, Rutgers said. 


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